Primary, secondary and tertiary education of girls and boys, performance, exclusion, discrimination and harassment; gender equality and sensitivity in access, participation, relevance and outcomes
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Reframing men and boys in policy for gender equality: Conceptual guidance and an agenda for change

Gender inequality remains a critical challenge and threatens to severely undermine progress towards the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). This continued challenge is recognised in the policies and commitments of various development agencies. But while many gender equality policies and programmes only target and work with women and girls, compelling evidence and experience shows that engaging men and boys in these processes is crucial for lasting change.

Kicking Little Rocks (Chutando Pedrinhas)

Kicking Little Rocks is a children’s book that presents a father and his daughter, addressing how certain gender norms and expectations limit the daughter’s desires and dreams. Through dialogue and affection, the father and daughter challenge old concepts and build the foundations for an education based on equality and respect for individual personality. The story is a product of the collective work of a group of 17 girls who live in Rio de Janeiro and can be used by parents or teachers to talk about gender equality. 

Caretaking Without Violence, Everyone Can!

This is a practical guide for families and communities to develop violence free-education. The guide is divided into three modules: methods for the prevention of intra-family violence, the promotion of child development, and the rights of children and adolescents. It also presents group work techniques, and offers a list of bibliographical references, websites, and organizations working to end violence.

Young Men for the End of Violence: Manual for Facilitators

This manual includes a conceptual framework, activities and a list of resources for working with adolescent and young men in the prevention of violence. The activities are based around three main topics: young men and their emotions, the socialization of gender and construction of masculinities, and types of gender violence and their effects for young men and their environment.  

2016: The year of Engaging Men and Boys in stopping gender-based violence. How a school curriculum-based approach can work

This policy brief outlines how the NGO CARE International has developed programmes to engage men and boys for over 15 years with the aim of achieving gender equality. It draws on evidence from the curriculum-based approach developed in the Balkans, and a three-year pilot programme in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. It concludes with recommendations focusing on the role that donors, governments, civil society and education specialists can play to ensure that successes can be replicated and scaled up.

EMERGE Practice Brief: Lessons in good practice from work with men and boys for gender equality

This EMERGE practice brief pulls together lessons from good practice highlighted in the EMERGE case studies series. It will be useful for those designing and implementing projects, programmes and other initiatives to work with men and boys for gender equality. It addresses: how to focus or target an initiative with men and boys, designing a successful initiative, and challenges and future priorities.

Learn without fear: The global campaign to end violence in schools

This campaign report reviews Plan International’s global campaign to end violence against children in schools across the 66 countries that Plan operates in. The report builds on a systematic and extensive literature review on school violence as well as telephone and email interviews with government and NGO experts from Asia, Latin America and Africa.

World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (WDR)

What is the relationship between gender equality and current economic processes? This report is an analysis of the state of gender equality worldwide, with a focus on the economics of gender equality and development. It provides a conceptual framework that examines the factors that have fostered change and the constraints that have slowed progress in relation to gender equity.


  1. Understanding the trends and shifts in social, economic and political factors that influence gender equitable access to educational attainment, quality and retention, and safety at schools for boys and girls
  2. Evidence on how educational policies, programs, curriculums, and institutions have developed, promoted and influenced gender equality 
  3. Evidence of how educating men and boys about gender equality and sexual health influences their gendered attitudes, practices and relations with women and girls
  4. Identification of best educational practices including policies and programs to promote gender equality at schools, to target specific sub-groups of boys and girls, and to promote sexual and reproductive health and prevent and address gendered violence in school settings


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